Perfume Illuminated: Rosemary

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.”(Hamlet, iv. 5.) Rosmarinus, meaning “dew of the sea” in Latin, is the first binomial name for Rosemary. The full botanical name is Rosmarinus officinalis. Part of the Lamiaceae (previously known as Labiatae) family, this evergreen flowering shrub has it’s origins in the Mediterranean, specifically Spain and Morroco. At today’s installment… Continue reading Perfume Illuminated: Rosemary


A new batch of Blossom Eau de Cologne is now available. This is a traditional cologne based on the classic equation of combining herb with citrus. In November 2005 I decided to create a traditional eau de Cologne which spurred on the Lavender perfume titled Vera. In May 2008 I revisited the genre and formulated… Continue reading Blossom


I first experimented with an EDC, eau de Cologne, in November of 2005. I built the fragrance utilizing a tincture of bay leaves and a synergy combining bay laurel essential oil with spices and citrus. It was the first time I had ever added water to a combination of alcohol, essential oils and tinctured material.… Continue reading Vera